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right now on "news nation," the situation worsens. one nuclear expert now saying the crisis in japan isç "out o control." meantime, u.s. forces operating in that country are being moved even further away from the power plant for safety. a live report from tokyo straight ahead. plus police and protesters face off in pakistan just hours after reports that the u.s. paid more than $2 million for the release of a cia contractor accused of murder. new comments on the situation from the secretary of state. and he reached out online to people he never met in person convincing them to kill themselves. now a judge says the minnesota man in this picture must go to jail. >> it's not fair. it's not fair. a push to rally in michigan.
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protesters still at odds with the state's governor over the budget join forces at the state capital. the latest in the on going standoff between public union workers in this country and some republican lawmakers. i'm tamron hall. "news nation" is following new details on the nuclear crisis in japan. the secretary-general of the international atomic energy association says he's headed to japan as soon as possible as workers at the fukushima plant struggle to prevent a meltdown. officials say they are scrapping the plan to use helicopters to dump water on the reactors because the radiation levels are simply too high. also today, the u.s. announced that its forces in japan will not be allowed within 50 miles of the fukushima reactors without special authorization. the military also says that several more navy crew members were given potassium i died were
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tablets as a precaution today. europe's energy chief is warning a ca tatreau fiat the plant could come in a matter of hours because the situation is out of control. he made the comment based on media reports and it was only his fear that it was imminent. tokyo with more details what's happening at that crippled nuclear plant. >> reporter: hello, tamron. officials are scrambling to figure out ways to cool down that reactor and they seem to be thwarted at so many turns. we've had a series of fires, explosions, and of course, the word that those workers, the few workers who have actually been inside were evacuated for a short time late yesterday east coast time. in order to get them back in, they actually had to raise the limit of radiation that's allowed here in jan. it's five times now that is the
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legal limit here in the united states. and, of course, that risky operation to drop water from overhead in helicopters had to be thwarted, as well. to the humanitarian issues which are continuing to be significant, the u.s. military has been a very big part of that, but now they have been ordered to stay at least 50 miles away from the plant and to put that into some perspective, it's 12 miles that the actual evacuation zone. there are also reassessments being made by international aid organizations like the red cross, how close they'll allow workers to get. they have to worry about the health and safety of the people who work for them, as well. . so we have a growing nuclear crisis, a growing humanitarian crisis. they are trying to get in a lot more aid workers and also some experts from the united states, the nuclear experts are already on the ground, some more are coming to see if they can offer their expertise and avoid
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escalating this crisis even further. back to you. >> joining me now to talk more about the nuclear crisis and what the workers are facing, and obviously the millions of people in japan as well, jerry jenkins at purdue university. thanks for joining me. >> thank you, tamron. >> let me talk to you about the u.s. personnel now being told they have to move even further away from the çsite, 50 miles. that as my colleague chris jansing pointed out, far more of a distance than the citizens have been told to stay away from the plant. what do you make of this? >> i was unaware of that, but again, i am sure this is just a precautionary measure. you do things ahead of time in a proactive fashion instead of reactive fashion. it's easier to get farther away from something now than it would be in an emergency situation. >> while it is a proactive, as you put it or might be proactive reaction, we know low levels of radiation are there. it's anticipation perhaps of something we are watching the
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situation at this plant worsen. >> i think the situation is still relatively stable. they haven't seen any real significant increase in the radiation at the boundary of the plant. the areas between the units still are seeing roughly the same amount of radiation they have, at least according to the last nhk reports both from the japanese nuclear security agency nisa and tepco, the utility that controls the plant. i think it's more or less stable. it may be tentatively stable. but it's not getting significantly worse. >> this morning we got the latest news on the workers still inside, workers referred to as heros. according to the prime minister's spokesperson, the health of those individuals at risk is how it was described. we know that the radiation levels fight these workers at least reportedly were moved out and moved back in. what do you make of their situation and the health concerns facing people in the
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plant? >> anytime you're facing a high radiation level, there will be health concerns. they're still doing it in a safe and effective method possible. they're limiting the amount of time exposed to the course. that's very important. they also have according to nhk this morning, a pool of 200 workers that can move in. >> is it fair to use thw word safe? i'm curious about the word safe at this point when we know the length of time those individuals have been in there. can you even call it safe what's happening to them inside? >> well, it's an emergency situation and there are rules, typical rules for at least in the united states radiation workers are allowed to be exposed to 5,000 millirem per year. in an emergency situation, we're allowed to be exposed up to 50,000 millirem in a very emergency situation, that would be a little bit higher than that. you could get up to about 250,000 millirem. that's about the level they're
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talking about now for the workers. >> i got to ask you also, our colleague lester holt filed a report this morning on "the today show." he has been on the scene from the beginning. i want to play a situation regarding low level radiation exposure with his crew. let's play that. >> but when it got to the shoes, that was a different story. the geiger counter went off. let me show you when he ran it over the shoes even after i had washed them. here it is. [ beeping ] >> good thing or bad thing? >> that's a bad thing. >> in na report, his shoes were i guess cleaned again and the radiation meter, i don't know the name of the gadget that was used there, it went off again. he said listen, obviously i'm not bringing these shoes back with me even after the cleansing or the cleaning. >> rubber has a tendency to grab hold of radio isotops.
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it's difficult to clean. normally in a situation like that, you would wear tyvek overshoes just like the white or yellow suits and maybe hoods. to go in there with just yourç regular shoes, i have no idea where they were, but to go someplace -- >> i was saying they were not near the site itself, but it was an example of how this local level radiation had spread. >> and we also don't know what the trigger point was on the survey meter that they were checking the shoes it. it sounded like more of an alarm where it hit a trigger point which would could have triggered five or ten times background radiation. i can't imagine that they would have been in an area that wasn't safe without having the proper protective equipment on. >> they are absolutely taking great precaution. thank you very much. we appreciate your time. now to the impact on the financial markets. the dow is plunging again today.
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right now, it is down 241 points. meantime, stocks rebounded somewhat today in tokyo. the nikkei average was up 5.7% after dropping a total of 16% monday and tuesday. joining me is stacy marie ishmael, reporter for the financial times. we saw the dow open down 300 points yesterday. people thought today might be better but it's down 240 points. >> the two primary drivers between -- for the most recent decline, one were the comments from the eu energy commissioner saying he thought things were out of control and that a catastrophe could happen. he's back pedaled quite sharply on thosera. and then the second is there's a lot of speculation that actually one of the reactors is possibly in partial meltdown which is precisely the situation the workers have been trying to to avoid.
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>> how much of what we're seeing is in anticipation of the situation turning more dire? >> from the market commentary people are just terriified right now. it's very hardç to make ration trading situations when people are making comparisons to chernobyl and talking about meltdown and millions dying. none of which is currently on the table. some of the anticipation has to do from people are moving to quality assets. you've seen some quite legitimate fundamental selling in companies that have a lot of exposure to the nuclear sector. ge's been associated with manufacturing some of the parts that are involved. you're also seeing people generally moving away from any companies that are actively involved in nuclear, given the response of other countries shutting down some of their own plants or talking about scaling back on production. but quite a lot of the other movements have been spikes in response to headlines. >> stacy marie ishmael. greatly appreciate it. we're going to get a report from
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three mile island, the site of america's worst nuclear disaster. 32 years later what, have we learned? and there is a new push to repeal the defense of marriage act. democrats in the house and senate announce they're flawsing a bill that would repeal the 1996 law that bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. the move comes weeks after the obama administration announced it would no longer defend the law in court. >> rather than prolonging litigation in the courts, congress should repeal dohmann now and bring an end to the harm it causes gay and lesbian families each and every day. the respect for marriage act does exactly that. it will strike doma from the books and ensure a uniform national policy of stability and security for families and for the federal government. >> joining us now nbc news capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell live on capitol hill. so we have ourselves a battle
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here, kelly. you also have some celebrities getting involved in this matter. >> this is one of those issugs that certainly does attract hollywood, and it's a core issue for democrats and liberals who have been fighting for a long time to try to get rid of the defense of marriage act and when the president said he would no longer, his administration would no longer seek to defend it, that was an opening for both sides. and sort of reinvigorate the social debate at a time when so much of what we're talking about has been the economy. so the first strike came from house republicans who say they intend to be the party to defend that law. and we've been told that they would need to hire outside counsel to try to carry out that case because of the workload involved. so there would be a cost associated with that, and now you've got the democrats responding. both on the house side, you just heard from mr. nadler and on the senate side. they are pushing this hard. this comes on the heels of the big victory for democrats at the end of last year with the repeal
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of the don't ask, don't tell policy in the military and so this is another move that they believe is very important to try to bring about marriage equality. it's politically decisive because you have house republicans who are absolutely committed to trying to save and protect their view of marriage as just one man and one woman. it's a core fight. it really gets to the heart of what makes these twos parties stand on different sides of the issue and you have a bit of the star power today and you've got the legislative power from both houses coming to the microphones and trying to get attention. it's an issue that really gets emotions going. >> it does. you have these hollywood supporters of the administrationing that have signed a letter urging the president to go further and legalize same-sex marriage. these are some of the people, anne hathaway, ellen degeneres, martin sheen, jane lynch who signed the open let. we know on both sides, groups are pushing the lawmakers to do what they want.
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kelly,ç thank you very much fo the live report. protests in pakistan as a jailed american contractor is released what some are calling blood money after he killed two pakistani men. the u.s. denied it paid for his release. we'll get the latest details. plus, angry miami-dade voters fire the mayor in the largest recall ever of a local politician. i'll talk with the billionaire businessman who sparked the revolt. what does he want now? she felt lost... until the combination of three good probiotics in phillips' colon health
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nation." an american cia contractor detained in pakistan on suspicion of murder. he's a free man today and hisç release is sparking bitter protest as he heads back to the united states. raymond davis was arrested in january for allegedly gunning
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down two pakistani men he says were trying to rob him. pakistani officials say he was acquitted after paying so-called blood money to the victim's families. one u.s. official says there was no quid pro quo involved in his release. protesters still holding signs calling for davis to be hanged. nbc's anne thompson joins me live with the latest. the latest is the that secretary clinton has spoken out on this issue, right? >> she did. she spoke out within the last hour, tamron, because there are conflicting stories going around just what got cia contractor ray davis sprung from a pakistani jail today. secretary of state hillary clinton has denied the u.s. bought his freedom with blood money paid to the families of the two men he killed. clinton told reporters traveling with her that the united states government did not pay any compensation to those families. she would not comment on whether a third party or the pakistanis
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did, telling reporters ask them. earlier in the day, the associated press citing an attorney for the families reported that the united states paid $2.34 million in exchange for the families agreeing to pardon davis, clearing the way for his release. secretary clinton said she is very grateful the families pardoned davis, sentiments echoed by the american ambassador. the cia focused on the relationship with pakistan, a crucial ally in the war on terror saying that today's developments are a sign of a healthy partnership between the two the countries a partnership the cia says is vital to both country who's face a common set of terrorist enemies. davis had been in jail since he shot the two men in lahoreç on january 27th. the american embassy argued he had diplomatic immunity and should be released but the pakistani government never recognized his immunity. >> app thompson, thank you, ann.
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a legal bat is brewing today over a former minnesota nurse convicted of encouraging and assisting two suicides. william melchert-dinkel was found guilty of aiding the suicides of a canadian man and british man. he reportedly went online in chat rooms looking for people who were depressed while posing as a female nurse and offered advice how to carry out suicide. yesterday, a judge ruled that he helped in the drowning death of nadia kajouji in 2008 and the hanging death of mark drybrough in 2005. his lawyer says his client will likely appeal the decision because he was exercising had his free speech rights and the victims haalready decided to kill themselves before they met the defendant online. joining me to talk about this one is talk show host michael smerconish, also an msnbc contributor and an attorney. what is your take on this decision? >> when i first heard it, tamron, i think like many people i thought of kevorkian.
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does the fact pattern here mirror that of dr. jack kevorkian. it does not insofar as the deceit element which is present in this case and was not present in the kevorkian cases. the guy went online posing as you said, as a suicidal nurse himself which he wasn't. and then according to the prosecutors, and i've read the fact opinion in this case, would slowly bring these people into his web and if you believe the prosecutors, it's because had he some kind of a suicidal ideation or fetish. the legal standard, the question was, did he incite them to commit suicide and the judge said that in those two cases, that he did. perhaps there were more cases out there where he mayç have played a role. >> of course, you can challenge anything. what do you make of the appeal here? his attorney saying he's exercising free speech rights. and we've talked a lot about certainly that with the westboro church decision with the supreme court. >> i think if there weren't the element of deceit, i think if individuals had come to him
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because they knew that he was a nurse abhad sought his opinion and if he offered it, there probably would not have been a prosecution. but where he misleads these individuals and bates them and encouragings them to pursue that path, i think that's where he appropriately is being held accountable in the law. >> it's an incredible story. another reason to be careful on the internet. you don't know what people have motive wise. thank you, coming up the american military expands its massive humanitarian relief effort in japan as the pentagon takes new steps to keep u.s. forces safe while there. i'll talk with a marine in okinawa how the military is helping and staying out of danger. a budget battle heating up in michigan. outraged protesters march on the state capitol. are their numbers challenging what we've seen in wisconsin? we'll find out. "news nation" is back in three. who's your someone? campbell's healthy request can help. low cholesterol, zero grams trans fat,
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today. welcome back to "news nation." we're following the latest headlines out of japan at this hour. the u.s. embassy in tokyo is recommending all americans living within 50 miles of the fukushima nuclear power plant to evacuate or stay indoors. workers at the plant are still struggling to cool the reactors after another fire broke out last night at the unit 4. they've been pulled out because earlier, meantime, secretary of state hillary clinton says the crisis is raising questions about how the united states uses nuclear energy. she says that we have the -- or have to assess the costs and risks and formulate a comprehensive energy plan. u.s. defense officials say several helicopters coming back from flights over japan tested positive today for traces of
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radiation. the "uss reagan has been moved further away from shore because of the level of radiation in the air. and that growing threat of nuclear catastrophe is stalling relief efforts by the u.s. military in the region. forces are being told to stay 50 miles away from the reactor and the military is giving some flight crews potassium i died tablets to guard against the effects of radiation. i'm joined by jeremycroft of the united states marine corps stationed in okinawa. thank you for joining me. >> thank you. >> let me get your thoughts or what you can tell us about personnel being told to stay 50 miles away from this affected site. >> well, first of all, i can't comment directly on the nuclear situation. all our marines on the ground do have protective gear to protect them in case they are?xq,posed o anything. however, our focus remains delivering water supplies, food and medical care and things like that to the immediate disaster
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stricken areas. >> the marines are accustomed to working in any and all situations. so this is nos different from some of the other tough obstacles that would stand in the way. but again, i have to point out as we said that some of the crew members are being given potassium iodide to guard off the effects of potential exposure to radiation. what other things are you doing? >> i can't comment on the specific nuclear reactor situation down there. like i said, we're more concerned with delivering relief supplies and medical care to disaster stricken areas. why we've moved helicopters close to sendai and we're basically working around the clock to get that relief in. >> what kind of relief are you providing? what supplies are you delivering? >> food, water, and medical equipment. we have humanitarian assistance survey teams on the ground. they're conducting damage assessments and report back to the government of japan who has the lead m this effort. >> how difficult is it at this point to coordinate when you dealing still with this on going threat and i've seen countless
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interviews with japanese people certainly who are encouraging in that they are putting on brave faces but still worry about the unknown factors there? >> well, again, the government of japan does have the lead on this. they're taking the lead. and we're basically falling in on that. but i mean, we're u.s. marines. we adapt to the situation whatever it is. and we will take orders and we will absolutely deliver like we're supposed to. so we're delivering those relief suppliesen an accomplishing the mission. >> about how many marines are there helping out at this point? >> currently, we have from three marine expeditionary force and base in japan, a total of 481 marines, sailors and civilians. >> what is the major obstacle you see at this point for those marines who are helping? >> well, i mean, there's numerous obstacles. the situation itself in japan obviously there's a lot of work to be done. but i have no doubt that ourç
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marine, sailors and civilians will be up to the task. >> thank you so much. 2nd lieutenant jeremycroft stationed in okinawa. we certainly wish the best to those marines there trying to help. thank you. >> thank you. the threat of nuclear catastrophe in japan is bringing back memories of an incident that happened right here on american soil just over three decades ago. 1979, a partial meltdown of a plant in three mile island sparked nationwide panic. steven chu says japan's nuclear crisis is worse. >> i think the events unfolding in japan incidents actually appear to be more serious than three mile island. to what extent we don't really know now. so as they're unfolding very rapidly on an hour by hour, day by day basis and there are conflicting reports. >> nbc's jeff rossen has more from middleton, pennsylvania, home of the three mile island
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nuclear facility. and the lessons learned since that incident. >> so much has changed in the past 32 years. it was march of 1979 when they had the partial core meltdown here at three mile island. a mixture of mechanical failure and human error inside. it shut the plant down, sent radio active gas foot air. no one was killed or died or was injured but it did change the trajectory of nuclear power in this country. they're the first to admit here they didn't have much of an emergency plan at all, not much of an evacuation plan either. now so much has changed inside. what we found so interesting just hanging around the neighborhood for the past 24 hours is many of the same people who experienced this accident as children stayed in town. they still live here today as adults and even senior citizens in some cases. they live with this in their back yards, this constant reminder over the tree line of what can happen, entirely seeing what's happening in japan right
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now. many of them say they're confident with the changes that have been made the better plans to run these facilities and what would happen in the case of #)h% emergency. there was a presidential commission after 1979, an independent investigation that basically said you're not doing a good enough job, three mile island and the same message to the nuclear regulatory agency, the agency that oversees these plants. there's kind of been a wholesale change in how they do business. they're hoping they never have to experience this again. just to give you perspective before we go, to clean up this mess in '79, it cost nearly $1 billion, took 12 years, and that's without the carnage the death and damage from the quake and tsunami they're dealing with in japan right now. >> back to you. >> for continuing coverage of the disaster in japan, logon to japan find out the odds of an earthquake causing a an catastrophe here in this
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country. hillary clinton is headed to tunisia right now, the site of the uprising in january that inspired similar revolts elsewhere in the arab world. secretary clinton left egypt less than an hour ago after a two-day visit capped today by an unannounced visit through tahrir square in cairo. andrea mitchell was there. >> tamron, as you can imagine hillary clinton has a lot of security. today she got out of her motorcade and walked about tahrir square. she wanted to see the place where the revolution gathered force, the focal point, the symbol of the revolution here in egypt. she was inspired, she said, but what she saw. >> going to that rear square was exhilarating. it was a tremendous personal experience to be there and to see egyptians with smiles on their faces saying hello welcoming me to the new egypt, that was an extraordinary
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uplifting experience. i know and the egyptian people know because i've been talking with a broad cross section ofç egyptians that translating the enthusiasm and the energy of tahrir square into the political and economic reforms necessary to establish a strong functioning democracy, more jobs for people, a real sense of a positive future, is going to be challenging. but they're up for that challenge. >> as i think you can see the crowds were very friendly. they were calling out to her, trying to shake her hand. she was shake hands. one man did say to her, you have to save libya. and she acknowledged to me that that is a very big. at this point, the u.s. is not supporting libyan rebels' request for military aid or a no-fly zone. >> andrea, thank you. you can see andrea mippal reports" weekdays at 1:00 p.m. week days. during her interview, secretary
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of state hillary clinton called developments today in the nation of bahrain alarming and urged restraint. secretary clinton's comments follow a deadly crackdown on protesters today. at least five people were killed when security forcing thanks and tear gas stormed to clear out hundreds of anti-government protesters. the king declared a state of emergency and a curfew is in effect for most of the country. mahmoud abbas has announced he is not running for re-election. his announcement comes on the heels of rallies in the west bank and gaza urging rival palestinian groups to unite. abbas said he was willing to travel to gaza to promote reconciliation between his fatah faction and the rival hamas movement. and next on "news nation," the history-making recall of miami-dade's mayor. a stunning 88% of voters fired him. i'll talk with a businessman who rallied the troops for this recall.
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i'm martin bashir. coming up at the top of the hour, the latest on the nuclear crisis in japan, and with florida set to adopt many of her reform measures, we speak to michelle reed, the educator with as many critics as cheerleaders. >> we have breaking news to report out of japan right now. the operator of that crippled nuclear plants says it has almost completed a new power line. this is sith because according to this company, that power line could restore electricity to the complex and solve the crisis that has threatened a meltdown. we reported earlier in the hour overnight yesterday, there was another fireç at the so-called unit 4. now the operators believe they
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may have found a way to provide power to the fukushima complex. this could help solve the crisis. they're saying they hope to put this power line in place as soon as possible, but the company could not say when exactly that would happen. in a rare unprecedented speech to the nation, japan's emperor is telling people to stay calm and not give up hope. he said he was concerned about the nuclear crisis. the head of the u.n.'s nuclear agency is headed to japan tomorrow to find out more about wa is going on at the plant in fukushima. aside from the destruction in japan, there's another victim of the quake. it is the economy of hawaii. it's taking a big hit. jane wells has that part of the story. >> reporter: earlier this month, the biggest worry at hawaii's biggest industry was the impact of oil on airfares. now they may have a bigger worry. it's a cloudy day on waikiki,
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which could also describe hawaii's economy. >> the recession hit pretty hard. >> tourism is their number one industry, worth more than $211 billion last year down from nearly $14 billion four years ago. in the last year, tourism started to turn a corner. but things are looking up. they had their best january in years here in hawaii. room occupancy on waikiki is well over 90% but room rates are down 20% from the peak four years ago. now everything could change. while some resorts suffered minor damage from the tsunami, the real pain is on the horizon. japan is their second largest market behind the mainland. japanese spent nearly $2 billion here last year. >> it's a deeper relationship than juctç coming here for business. it's a much deeper one that they come here to rejuvenate. >> since the quake, thousands of japanese have canceled
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reservations. the impact will be terrible. leaving hawaii looking elsewhere for growth. the popularity of the new hawaii 50 is helping to lure tour theists. and mexico's troubles are helping hawaii. >> its an a thursday night in march. do you have any rooms available? >> we probably have a couple 37 but everybody is in the high 90s. we're pretty much booked. >> outrigger saying it hasn't seen mass cancellations but is expecting is significant short-term impact. the entire industry is now going after the chinese market. only one in ten chinese tourists to the u.s. goes to hawaii. >> and back here, angry miami-dade voters have fired the mayor in the largest recall ever of a local politician. citizens voted to kick mayor carlos alvarez out of office. he came in office four years ago with what many saw as a mandate
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to clean up local government. but he raised taxes and then gave large pay raises to his staff. and local billionaire businessman norman braman helped spearhead the campaign to get him out of office. is he joins me live over the phone. thank you so much for joining us. >> hi, how are you today? >> i'm doing great. i think a lot of people certainly in miami-dade feel that you spearheaded something that turned out in their favor to be great. let's talk about the mayor and the fact that this was history-making. the numbers around 88% voted to kick him out of office. do you believe it's mission accomplished? >> no, the mission is not accomplished. >> what's next? >> we have to have -- this was a referendum for change. change has not occurred. removing the mayorç does not solve the problems of this community. it's only the first step. >> and how does removing though the mayor become the first major step as you pointed out, there are many other things you would like to see.
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why was this the critical first move. >> because he ep bodies government as usual, how it's been in this community for many years. and by that, i mean the nerve of a mayor to propose a budgeting with the type of economic times that we've had here in this community that we have among the highest unemployment rate, it the highest in the state of florida. it's almost -- it's been running close to 40% higher than the national average. >> the foreclosure situation, as well. >> foreclosures were in the top three in the united states. our senior citizens of which we have an ample number here have not had a cost of living increase in three years. last week, the statistics came out, that close to 50% of our homes are underwater. which means that more money is owed on the home than it's worth which by the way is, twice the national average. so with all of these problems in this community, the mayor proposed a budget this past september that raised property
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taxes by $178 million. and at the same time, he gave out $132 million in salary increases to the public employee unions here. and frankly, that was just too much for me to accept. and but you know, when you have that much of an attitude here that you can do whatever you want to, it was time to do something about it. i just decided to empower the people of this community to come out and to take back government. to input and have a major say in the future of this çcommunity. >> it the miami-dade county manager george burgess is set to resign his post only 24 hours after the recall of the mayor. are you planning to run for mayor? >> oh, heavens no. i made a compact with this community when i started in that
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i would not. i'm not going to run. i'm not anxious to run. and i won't. under any circumstances. i don't do any business with the county. i am a businessperson here. i employ over 1,000 people in this community. it's been wonderful for me. and my children and my grand children. so i'm -- i've taken this up as a community activist. and as i said, this was a referendum for change yesterday. and 88% of the people voted for that referendum. >> and more than -- >> now our job is ahead of us. and that is to work out basic changes in our county charter, which is our constitution, the way we do business. >> more than 204,000 people voted county-wide for this recall. we'll see what the next step, thank you so much for joining me. >> thank you for having me. first it was wisconsin, now michigan and major budget
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well, now to michigan where the crowd is growing. protesters are there angry over the state budget and the plans that could eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees. right now, there's a huge crowd. it's gathered in the capital of lansing, michigan to protest plans offered by republican rick snyder that follows the similar protests we've seen in wisconsin and lansing yesterday. joining me from lansing reporter rick allen. quite a crowd behind you. give me an estimate. people inspired in part by filmmaker michael moore who caused on people to attend this.
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>> this is by far the largest crowd. several thousand have turned out to protest. it's different in that about every two hours they have a rally on the steps of the capitol. it's been going on for the better part of an hour. there was another one at noon and immediately following those the people go inside of the capitol building filling this big structure chanting about recalls, talking about changes they want made in governorç snyder's plans that they say will harm collective bargaining rights. there are a number of legislative bills as well as budget bills that do things like cut funding to schools, tax pensions. they're protesting those things and also a bill that would, for example, do away with binding arbitration for public employees, fire and police. so all of this is what they're out here talking about today. as i say, this is by far the biggest rally or crowd we have seen out here. it's a nice day in michigan. as the temperatures get warmer, i would expect this to continue.
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the governor wants the budget done by the end of may. between now and then, you can expect a lot more of this activity. >> we'll continue to follow what's happening there as well as the developments in wisconsin. that does it for this edition of "news nation." i'm tamron hall. i'll be back tomorrow right here on msnbc. martin bashir is up next. well, v8 v-fusion juice gives you a full serving of vegetables, plus a full serving of fruit. but it just tastes like fruit. v8. what's your number? castrol syntec has been reformulated for better performance under the hood. so we gave it a new name. castrol edge with syntec power technology. new name. better formula. it's more than just oil. it's liquid engineering.
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good afternoon. it's wednesday, march 16th. here's what we're following. last line of defense. a second nuclear reactor has ruptured, and the situation in japan becomes dire. while the japanese government pleads for calm, americans and others flee a country that's now in a full-blown crisis. each day a new plan to combat the meltdown, each day a new alarm sounds as morning approaches in tokyo, what will the next 24 hour bring? we're live from the scene.

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